Eating for Two: Nourishing Yourself and Your Microbiome

by Meagan Morse, CNM We’ve all heard the sayings, “your gut feeling,” and “trust your gut.” It’s ancient wisdom that our tummies are wise. Now, with emerging research on the gut microbiome, we’re learning just how true that is! We’re also learn…

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

by Laura Wood, LMSW, PMH-C, Dar a Luz On-Staff Therapist October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Trigger warning: this is a hard subject for many — miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss are discussed in this article. Each are …

Our Baby is Due Next Year… Which Insurance Plan Should We Choose?

By Erica Deerinwater, Client Financial Specialist Pregnancy is about 40 weeks long on average, then add in labor and birth, 4 weeks of newborn care, 6-8 weeks of postpartum care at Dar a Luz… and we’re talking nearly a year of care! Dar a Luz i…

It takes a village: a ‘thank you’ to our communities!

by Meagan Morse, CNM, WHNP Over the last years of the pandemic, many (most? all?) of us have gone through times of isolation, when our webs of support felt sparse, and other moments where community emerged in new and unexpected ways. As many of…

Self Care

by Krystal Davis, BSNRN: Birth Assistant Over the last two years I have seen many “Take care of yourself” and “Do what fills your cup and eases your mind” signs and social media posts.  While I think the prompts to care for yoursel…

Relaxing Into the Hormone RELAXIN

by Susan Moore Daniels, CNM, MSN “My low back is so out of whack!” “My pubic bone is screaming!” “My knees and feet feel so uneasy!” Yet the change can be redeeming. RELAXIN is still a bit of a mysterious hormone, in that it …

Relax.Have Sex and Eat Chocolate!

What if I told you that some of  the best things to help prepare your body for labor and birth are to relax, have sex or orgasm and eat dark chocolate? Not only is this true but scientifically proven! Let’s talk about it!  Befo…


THEY/THEM Ease…. and the Distress with BREASTS by Susan Moore Daniels I have been a midwife and a mother for more than 3 decades now. I guess maybe that makes me kind of an old-bird. So here are some random shared experiences from thi…

Taking Pride in their work

Ask around, and you’ll hear that there is something wonderfully supportive about being surrounded by the Dar a Luz community. And the truth is even though our family is complete, our community of friends keeps growing thanks to them.  My n…

Mother’s Day Activities

by Nakonah Secatero, Administrative Coordinator  As I brainstormed ideas for ways to spend Mother’s day with your loved one, I thought to myself, “where did Mother’s day come from?” How did it become a holiday? It’s quite interesting, Moth…

Supporting our People on the Journey of Growing our Families

By Claire Merritt, RN “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”  -Brene Brown Hello Dar a Luz family! My name is Claire, and I am one of the nurses here at DAL. This summer I will celebrate my 4…

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